Blogs

Key reaction to Sir Keith Pearson’s review of Revalidation and recommendations

Charlie Massey, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council “It is reassuring to hear that revalidation is settling in and beginning to impact on c...

Reaction to PM saying there’s no crisis in the NHS and extra funding isn’t the answer

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair “Two key figures in the NHS have admitted what we already know: there is not enough money to fund our health service...

Patient Safety in the NHS remains a problem despite all the initiatives

"To know where you are going, you have to know where you have been", as the old adage goes. As we move into 2017 and with recent patient safety crises in h...

“A milestone for the HCSA that places us at the national negotiating table in our own right”

I am now delighted to announce to all our members that as from now the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association is formally recognised by NHS Emplo...

“It’s not sustainable for many to work against the tide of an overstretched NHS”

A King’s Fund analysis shows that admissions to hospital have increased by 3.6% a year since 2003/4, while real terms increases in NHS funding have shru...

“A shortage of beds puts hospitals and frontline staff under huge pressure”

Recently published statistics show that NHS bed occupancy rates are at the highest level they have been for 16 years. This is due in part to underfundin...

Extra funding for social care: “this is a national crisis that needs a national solution”

Dr Eileen Burns, President of the British Geriatrics Society “BGS welcomes any changes to funding of social care that help to address the current cris...

Developing a standardised approach to investigating adult deaths in acute hospitals

We welcome the report from the CQC on the investigation of deaths in NHS care. The Royal College of Physicians is leading a national programme to develo...

“We have consistently failed too many of the families of those who die whilst in our care”

A new CQC report suggests the NHS is missing opportunities to learn from patient deaths and too many families are not being included or listened to when an...

The rise of ‘gender fluidity’ is a worrying example of our post truth world

We are told that we now live in a post-truth world. Things which we used to call “facts” no longer require evidence or verification; they merely need t...

Reaction to the GMC Training Report: “Government needs to tackle the workload”

Dr Pete Campbell, BMA junior doctors committee chair “Patients and the public may be shocked by these findings, but no junior doctor will be surprised...